The larger micron sizes are used to capture the entire capillary stalked trichomes (90- 120 microns), while the smaller micron sizes (20-40 microns) are typically used to isolate the glands from the stalks. While some terpenes and cannabinoids can be found in the stalk of the trichome, the majority are found in the top gland where they are stored. Some connoisseurs see this as the purest form of ice hash and prefer the smaller micron bags to the larger microns that will remove the entire trichome but also have a higher chance of pulling in plant contaminants.
Ice hash is a solventless concentrate made up of trichomes that are sifted through a series of screens in the presence of water and ice cubes. Ice hash is also known as bubble hash, ice wax, and water sift. These terms are used to describe different forms of ice hash, but there are only subtle differences between the four.
Ice hash is one of the most potent, powerful concentrates you can make without solvents. The needed materials are minimal; a set of at least 5 bubble bags (silkscreen bags or filters of varying micron sizes), a bucket, fresh frozen or cured flower, and a large spoon or stirring tool. Fresh frozen flower is generally preferred for making ice hash, because the frozen trichome heads break off the stem and rest of the plant more easily. The ice hash-making process can be divided into the following steps:
The first step is to line the bucket with your micron filters or bubble bags. Start with your smallest micron filter and line with the rest of the bags in ascending size order, so your largest micron-sized bag is on top.
The final step is to press all excess moisture out of your hash. Drying is arguably the most important factor in ensuring the quality of your final product. Gently press the excess moisture out of your ice hash and then use a butter knife, or razor blade, to break it down into small pieces. If you do not have access to a freeze dryer, the smaller pieces will make it easier for the hash to dry out.
The 1-6 star rating system is subjective, but it does provide a sufficient avenue to single out quality hash. The higher the rating, the better the bubble hash will melt. The lower the rating, the more plant contaminants the hash will have.
It’s also important to remember that trichomes don’t always conform to micron screen sizes. In fact, trichome sizes are cultivar-dependent. Some cultivars will produce thicker trichome heads, while others will have small heads. Plant maturity will also affect the size. However, the right combination of filter screens and micron sizes can reliably produce quality hash. Most water hash equipment consists of several filtration bags of varying micron sizes.
The quality of ice hash is generally measured by how well it melts. Since measuring quality by micron sizes presents too many variables, hash makers use a star rating system to grade hash quality more accurately. While there is no universal system, the 6-star rating system is the most popular amongst hash makers.
Skunkman’s water-extraction methods paved the way for the first automated sieving machines In the 1990s, as well as new techniques for ice-water extraction. Around this time, Canadian cannabis entrepreneur and activist Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson entered the scene, eventually revolutionizing the hash world with the Bubble Bag extraction system.
A cannabis concentrate formed by sifting the trichomes of the cannabis plant in the presence of ice water. Ice hash, (commonly referred to as ice water hash, bubble hash, or wet sift) is typically dabbed, but can also be used to add potency to flower.
Some say it’s because bubble hash is so pure it bubbles when you smoke it. Others say it’s because this type of hash was developed by cannabis legend Bubbleman. Word is that Bubbleman started using ice water and a series of sieves to create a super-pure form of hash. The sieves eventually became known as “bubble bags.” .
Talk: When I used a homemade vape before I got my solo, I could take one bowl after vaping and get wrecked from eating the abv. Tolerance was lower too, but I’ve tested it again recently. The solo is just too good at vaporizing, at least with very dry heavily grinded weed for the abv to be useful. Granted I could try to save large volumes and make a hash or something, but I just don’t really care about solo abv.
Talk: Do you crumble it up in the oven or like put it into a ball or a pancake ? Do you mind elaborating ?
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Pull out your Bubble Bags one by one, draining them into the bucket.
Question: Hi all, very recently I have tried bubble hash and found it more efficient (financially) then flower. I was wondering if any of you guys have had any experience using bubble hash in a vaporizer.
Talk: That first 4/5s is flower, yeah?
Ice/Cold Water Method
A homemade method not necessarily recommended is Heat and Pressure. Using only a hair straightener as a heat source and pressing hard, the isolate THC will melt together into a nice THC-rich blob of extract.
This article describes what bubble hash is, how to consume it, how to make it, from there you can go deep.